Sweet Summer Berries

It has finally started to warm up in Nashville. I have been dreaming about warm weather and summer berries all winter long. Recently, stylist Kirsten Pohle and I teamed up to create a food story with sweet dishes featuring colorful berries. As a plus, our image of berries and cream (below) was featured on the Huffington Post lifestyle Instagram account. What are your favorite recipes with summer berries?

Recipe Provided by Kirsten Pohle

Whipped Cream and Berries:

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Chill the clean bowl of a stand mixer and the whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, you can use a hand whisk and a large chilled bowl. Whisk all of the ingredients until medium peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes.)

Wash and cut up berries of your choosing. Serve berries in a bowl and top with home made whipped cream.

Blueberry Tart

Recipe provided by stylist Kirsten Pohle

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for dusting
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the Filling

  • 6 cups (six 1/2-pint containers) fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter; process until large moist crumbs form (dough should hold together when squeezed). 
  2. Transfer dough to a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom; with floured fingers, press evenly into bottom and up sides. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes; prick bottom of dough all over with a fork. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes; cool completely. 
  3. Meanwhile, reserve 1 cup of the prettiest berries for topping. In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 cup water and 1 1/2 cups berries to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir into berries in pan. Add lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring, just until mixture begins to thicken, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3 1/2 cups fresh berries. Immediately pour hot berry mixture into cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula. 
  5. Immediately pour hot berry mixture into cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula. Scatter reserved berries on top, pressing down lightly to help them adhere. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes and up to overnight. 
  6. Top with lemon zest before serving.